Action plan for integrated promotion of Culture and Tourism in Varanasi Devised
New Delhi: The Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma has said that the government is setting up a coordination committee for the integrated promotion of tourism and culture in Varanasi. He was speaking to reporters after the seminar on Pilgrimage & Spiritual Tourism â€œOpportunity abounds along the Gangesâ€ in Varanasi today.
The Minister said that the committee will comprise of the Secretaries of the Union Ministries of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, representatives of local administration, experts and a media person. The Committee will submit its action plan report by 15th of April, 2015 and the action plan will be ready for implementation within the next three months. Dr Mahesh Sharma said that an atmosphere of safety and cleanliness as well as hospitality will be created at all the religious and cultural places for which Rs 18 cr has been released. The educational institutions of Varanasi will be used to develop art and culture with the help of Lalit Kala Academy, he added.
Earlier, addressing the hoteliers and tour operators at the Seminar, Dr Mahesh Sharma urged them to fully utilize the opportunity of spiritual and religious tourism along the holy river Ganga. He requested the hoteliers to adopt the ghats for cleaning them as well as take care of their maintenance.
The Minister paid a surprise visit to the Varanasi Railway station and checked the tourist facilities there. He also visited the Ghats and inspected the progress of cleaning up of the ghats.
An interpretation centre of ASI was also inaugurated by Dr Mahesh Sharma at Varanasi. The minister also held meeting with officers of ASI and Ministry of Tourism and discussed in detail possibilities of further promoting tourism and culture in Varanasi and providing cleanliness as well as safety to the tourists.